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King James Version
Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Box's Commentaries on Selected Books;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Lapide's Commentary;   Church Pulpit Commentary;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Golden Chain Commentary;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Alford's Commentary;   Haydock's Catholic Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Broadus on Matthew;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   MacLaren's Expositions;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Ryle's Exposiory Thougths;   Sermon Bible;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Horae Homileticae;   Spurgeon's Verse Expositions;   Scofield's Notes;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Fourfold Gospel;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Burkitt's Notes;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;   Faith;   Gifts from God;   Jesus, the Christ;   Penitent;   Salvation;   Scofield Reference Index - Christ;   Thompson Chain Reference - Blessings-Afflictions;   Comes;   Divine;   Endowments;   Gifts;   God;   Invitations, Divine;   Invitations-Warnings;   Promises, Divine;   Seven;   Spiritual;   The Topic Concordance - Burden;   Jesus Christ;   Labor;   Learning;   Lowliness;   Meekness;   Yoke;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Afflicted Saints;   Compassion and Sympathy of Christ, the;   Gifts of God, the;  

Dictionaries:

- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jesus christ;   Kindness;   Meekness;   Yoke;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Disciple, Discipleship;   Gospel;   Humility;   Jesus Christ;   Persecution;   Rest;   Work;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Hutchinsonians;   Meekness;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Call;   Rest;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Matthew, the Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Abbreviations;   God;   Gospels;   Mss;   Rest;   Text of the New Testament;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Attraction;   Attributes of Christ;   Burden;   Call, Calling;   Character;   Character of Christ;   Children of God;   Coming to Christ;   Consciousness;   Consolation;   Dates (2);   Deliverance ;   Discipleship;   Discourse;   Doctrines;   Endurance;   Error;   Evil (2);   Example;   Fellowship (2);   Foresight;   Free Will;   Gift;   Gospel (2);   Happiness;   Holiness Purity;   Hope;   Ideas (Leading);   Incarnation (2);   Invitation;   Labour (2);   Lord's Prayer (Ii);   Love (2);   Majesty (2);   Mission;   Mystery ;   Necessity;   Oppression;   Paradox;   Peace (2);   Pharisees (2);   Preaching Christ;   Premeditation;   Promise (2);   Quotations (2);   Reconciliation;   Redemption (2);   Religious Experience;   Repose;   Rest (2);   Sacrifice (2);   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Seventy (2);   Simple, Simplicity ;   Sorrow, Man of Sorrows;   Soul;   Trinity (2);   Trust;   Winter ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Rest;   12 Rest Liberty;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Bread;   Rest;   Sabbath;   Vagabond;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Ass;   Stretch;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Vocation;  

Encyclopedias:

- Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom of Judah;   Jesus of Nazareth;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Authority in Religion;   Between the Testaments;   John, Gospel of;   Justification;   Life;   Matthew, the Gospel of;   Mediation;   Rest;  

Devotionals:

- Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for November 26;   Every Day Light - Devotion for May 11;   Faith's Checkbook - Devotion for January 14;   My Utmost for His Highest - Devotion for June 11;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

The Complete Jewish Bible
"Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest.

American Standard Version
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Bible in Basic English
Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.

English Revised Version
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Contemporary English Version
If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest.

English Standard Version
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Easy-to-Read Version
"Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
Come vnto me, all ye that are wearie and laden, and I will ease you.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
Come to me, all you who are tired out and carrying burdens, and I will give you rest.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
Come vnto me all ye that labour sore, and are laden, and I wyll ease you.

Darby's Translation
Come to me, all ye who labour and are burdened, and *I* will give you rest.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
Come vnto me all ye that laboure and are laden, and I wil ease you.

New Revised Standard
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Come to me all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
Come unto me, all ye wearied and heavily burdened, and I will ease you.

Weymouth New Testament
"Come to me, all you toiling and burdened ones, and *I* will give you rest.

Good News Translation
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New American Standard Version
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Holman Christian Standard
"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Mace New Testament (1729)
Believe in me, all ye that labour under oppression, and I will give you relief.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest.

New King James
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

New Living Translation
Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

New International Version
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

King James Version (1611)
Come vnto me all yee that labour, and are heauy laden, and I will giue you rest.

New Century Version
"Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

New Life Version
"Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.

Hebrew Names Version
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.

International Standard Version
"Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
Come unto me, all you (who) are wearied and bearing burdens, and I will give you rest.

The Emphasised Bible
Come unto me! all ye that toil and are burdened, and, I, will give you rest:

Revised Standard Version
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Tyndale Bible
Come vnto me all ye that laboure and are laden and I wyll ease you.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The Webster Bible
Come to me, all [ye] that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

World English Bible
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
Come to me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
Alle ye that traueilen, and ben chargid, come to me, and Y schal fulfille you.

Young's Literal Translation
`Come unto me, all ye labouring and burdened ones, and I will give you rest,

The Message
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest.

Lexham English Bible
Come to me, all of you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Contextual Overview

25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come
Isaiah 45:22-25; 53:2,3; 55:1-3; John 6:37; 7:37; Revelation 22:17
all
23:4; Genesis 3:17-19; Job 5:7; 14:1; Psalms 32:4; 38:4; 90:7-10; Ecclesiastes 1:8,14; 2:22,23; 4:8; Isaiah 1:4; 61:3; 66:2; Micah 6:6-8; Acts 15:10; Romans 7:22-25; Galatians 5:1
and I
29; Psalms 94:13; 116:7; Isaiah 11:10; 28:12; 48:17,18; Jeremiah 6:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 4:1

Cross-References

Genesis 11:2
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

Genesis 11:4
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

Genesis 11:31
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

Genesis 15:7
And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Nehemiah 9:7
Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;

Gill's Notes on the Bible

Come unto me,.... Christ having signified, that the knowledge of God, and the mysteries of grace, are only to be come at through him; and that he has all things relating to the peace, comfort, happiness, and salvation of men in his hands, kindly invites and encourages souls to come unto him for the same: by which is meant, not a local coming, or a coming to hear him preach; for so his hearers, to whom he more immediately directed his speech, were come already; and many of them did, as multitudes may, and do, in this sense, come to Christ, who never knew him, nor receive any spiritual benefit by him: nor is it a bare coming under the ordinances of Christ, submission to baptism, or an attendance at the Lord's supper, the latter of which was not yet instituted; and both may be performed by men, who are not yet come to Christ: but it is to be understood of believing in Christ, the going of the soul to him, in the exercise of grace on him, of desire after him, love to him, faith and hope in him: believing in Christ, and coming to him, are terms synonymous, John 6:35. Those who come to Christ aright, come as sinners, to a full, suitable, able, and willing Saviour; venture their souls upon him, and trust in him for righteousness, life, and salvation, which they are encouraged to do, by this kind invitation; which shows his willingness to save, and his readiness to give relief to distressed minds. The persons invited, are not "all" the individuals of mankind, but with a restriction,

all ye that labour, and are heavy laden; meaning, not these who are labouring in the service of sin and Satan, are laden with iniquity, and insensible of it: these are not weary of sin, nor burdened with it; not do they want or desire any rest for their souls; but such who groan, being burdened with the guilt of sin upon their consciences, and are pressed down with the unsupportable yoke of the law, and the load of human traditions; and have been labouring till they are weary, in order to obtain peace of conscience, and rest for their souls, by the observance of these things, but in vain. These are encouraged to come to him, lay down their burdens at his feet, look to, and lay hold by faith on his person, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; when they should enjoy that true spiritual consolation, which could never be attained to by the works of the law.

And I will give you rest; spiritual rest here, peace of conscience, ease of mind, tranquillity of soul, through an application of pardoning grace, a view of free justification by the righteousness of Christ, and full atonement of sin by his sacrifice; and eternal rest hereafter, in Abraham's bosom, in the arms of Jesus, in perfect and uninterrupted communion with Father, Son, and Spirit. The Jews say, that מנוחת תורה, "the law is rest"; and so explain Genesis 49:15 of it: but a truly sensible sinner enjoys no rest, but in Christ; it is like Noah's dove, which could find no rest for the soles of its feet, until it returned to the ark; and they themselves expect perfect rest in the days of the Messiah, and call his world מנוחה, rest.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

All ye that labour and are heavy laden - The Saviour here, perhaps, refers primarily to the Jews, who groaned under the weight of their ceremonial laws and the traditions of the elders, Acts 15:10. He tells them that by coming to him, and embracing the new system of religion, they would be freed from these burdensome rites and ceremonies. There can be no doubt, however, that he meant here chiefly to address the poor, lost, ruined sinner: the man “burdened” with a consciousness of his transgressions, trembling at his danger, and seeking deliverance. For such there is relief. Christ tells them to come to him, to believe in him, and to trust him, and him only, for salvation. Doing this, he will give them rest - rest from their sins, from the alarms of conscience, from the terrors of the law, and from the fears of eternal death.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

Come unto me - This phrase in the new covenant implies simply, believing in Christ, and becoming his disciple, or follower.

All ye that labor and are heavy laden - The metaphor here appears to be taken from a man who has a great load laid upon him, which he must carry to a certain place: every step he takes reduces his strength, and renders his load the more oppressive. However, it must be carried on; and he labors, uses his utmost exertions, to reach the place where it is to be laid down. A kind person passing by, and, seeing his distress, offers to ease him of his load, that he may enjoy rest.

The Jews, heavily laden with the burdensome rites of the Mosaic institution, rendered still more oppressive by the additions made by the scribes and Pharisees, who, our Lord says, ( Matthew 23:4;), bound on heavy burdens; and laboring, by their observance of the law, to make themselves pleasing to God, are here invited to lay down their load, and receive the salvation procured for them by Christ.

Sinners, wearied in the ways of iniquity, are also invited to come to this Christ, and find speedy relief.

Penitents, burdened with the guilt of their crimes, may come to this Sacrifice, and find instant pardon.

Believers, sorely tempted, and oppressed by the remains of the carnal mind, may come to this blood, that cleanseth from all unrighteousness; and, purified from all sin, and powerfully succored in every temptation, they shall find uninterrupted rest in this complete Savior.

All are invited to come, and all are promised rest. If few find rest from sin and vile affections, it is because few come to Christ to receive it.


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